Updated: Friday, 17 Apr 2009, 3:05 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008, 5:10 PM EDT
Over time, the same everyday dirt that lodges itself deep in
your carpet also embeds itself in your tile and grout. While
regular mopping and spot cleaning can remove some of this soil, it
doesn't reach the deepest dirt in your grout.
That's where we come in. Our professional technicians will thoroughly inspect your tile floor to determine which cleaning process best fits your needs. Then they apply the proper cleaning agents and use state-of-the-art equipment that combines high-pressure water and a truck-mounted vacuum system to remove even the deepest dirt, safely and gently.
Tile & Grout Sealing
While porcelain and ceramic tiles themselves are non-porous, the grout between them absorbs everyday dirt and spills, much like a sponge. To protect your newly cleaned grout, our technicians can apply a sealant to create a stain-resistant surface.
Clear sealant creates an invisible stain-resistant barrier over the top of the grout, giving you more time to clean spots and spills before they discolor your grout. It also makes future cleanings easier, since most of the dirt stays at the surface of the grout.
Stanley Steemer uses the highest quality color sealants available in the industry in a full range of color options. This acrylic-urethane based product will hide all existing discolorations in your grout to give it a uniform appearance. Additionally, it creates a fully waterproof barrier. Future spills can be easily wiped up, leaving no permanent stains.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I have my tile and grout cleaned?
Just like carpet, dirt builds up over time dulling your tile's appearance and discoloring your grout. A thorough, professional tile and grout cleaning is the only way to remove the deep-down dirt.
How often should I have my floor cleaned?
As with carpet, many factors must be considered when determining the frequency of cleaning. Foot traffic, children, pets and routine floor maintenance will affect how often you have to have your tile and grout cleaned. Having a sealant applied to the grout lines following a professional cleaning will help extend the time between cleanings.
How long will it take to have my tile floor cleaned?
For an average size room, up to 300 square feet, it typically takes 60 - 90 minutes to clean the tile and grout. This can vary based on a number of factors including the size of the tile, amount of soil in the grout lines, and room configuration. If you choose to have sealant added, it typically takes 2 - 3 hours to complete the entire process.
Why should I have my grout lines sealed?
Grout is a porous material that absorbs soil and spills, just like carpet. Having a sealant applied will help create a protective barrier, giving you more time to clean up dry and liquid dirt before it soaks into the grout. The type of sealant you choose will determine the degree of stain resistance.
How long do I have to stay off the floor after sealant has been applied?
We recommend that you wait 30 minutes before walking on the floor to allow the sealant to dry. It will take 24 hours for the sealant to cure completely, so we suggest that you avoid any liquid coming in contact with the sealant during that time.
Do I have to use a special floor cleaner if I have the sealant applied?
To preserve the life of the sealant, we recommend that you use a neutral cleaner on your floor. Rinsing after mopping will also help keep your floors looking their best. You will want to avoid bleach and other harsh chemical cleaners as these can wear away at the sealant and cause it to break down prematurely.